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Curricular Analysis of Competency-Based Osteopathic Medical Education: Application of a Matrix for Quality Enhancement to a Standardized Patient Encounter Example

Michael D. Lockwood, DO; Stacy Tucker-Potter, MA; and Neil J. Sargentini, PhD
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Received: April 30, 2008

Accepted: June 9, 2009

Published: September 1, 2009

J Osteopath Med; 109(9): 486-500

Context: With the formal adoption of the seven core competencies, the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation instructed osteopathic medical educators to guide curricular development with these goals in mind. Tools to facilitate and monitor these purposes have been under development separately at each of the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Objectives: To demonstrate the utility of a checklist-based curriculum assessment tool, the Matrix for Quality Enhancement, as developed at Kirksville (Mo) College of Osteopathic Medicine-A.T. Still University.

Methods: Application of the Matrix is illustrated using examples selected from our analysis of a set of 16 standardized patient encounters provided as part of a first-year basic science course in medical microbiology. Encounters were developed to improve student understanding of infectious disease entities while also providing a variety of clinical experiences. Feedback on professionalism and humanistic behaviors was also provided. A novel aspect of the Matrix is the inclusion of a component dealing with patient safety.

Results: Adding standardized patient encounters to the medical microbiology teaching program at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine was an effective means of integrating educational experiences with the seven core competencies, the requirements of Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA Level 2-PE (Performance Evaluation), and patient safety issues.

Conclusions: The Matrix is a valuable tool for evaluating or developing curricular components that maintain osteopathic integrity while working toward standards for medical education specified by the commission.

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